In Friday night’s 25-lap Mini Sportsman feature, what looked like a dominating victory turned into a deflating defeat for one young driver. Jeremy Peacock pulled away from the field after each of the night’s restarts and was well on his way to victory when he encountered problems on the white flag lap.
“My hands just got tired and it quit turning,” said Peacock. “I was trying to do everything for the win, but it got taken away.”
The benefactor of Peacock’s problem was Jeremy Geddings, who was riding second at the time.
“I was sitting in second and he got loose and I took advantage,” said Geddings, who ended a banner year with
Jeremy Geddings had reason to smile on Friday night. (51 Photos)
In a moment of levity during the Mini-Sportsman race, a full-sized tow truck (big enough to tow an 18-wheeler) and flatbed were sent to the scene of an accident. Fans flocked to the fenceline to snap photos of the tiny car being hauled away by the seemingly gargantuan trucks.
RESTARTS KEY TO COTTO VICTORY
Unlike the Mini Sportsman race, the dominant driver did hold on to win it all in the Super Stock division at Five Flags. From his fourth starting spot, Chris Cotto quickly moved to the front and asserted himself as the man to beat.
“It went good,” said Cotto. “We didn’t win the season championship, but we won the Derby race, which is a bigger race to me than the points championship.”
While many drivers might be worried sitting in the lead in the waning laps, he said he wasn’t nervous.
“Believe it or not, I think the cautions helped us,” said Cotto. “The car was good on long runs, but it was awesome on restarts. I couldn’t ask for anything better.”
This was a moment of chuckles for many in the stands
the victory. “It’s so exciting; I won the points championship in 2006 and it just shows that hard work pays off.”
TOW TRUCK OVERKILL?
The 75-lap race was marred by a series of late race spins, but Cotto pulled away after each restart, capping off a good season with a win.